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Silencing Sam : a novel
Julie Kramer
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From Publishers' Weekly:

Cartoonish characters and thin prose mar Kramer's third media-savvy thriller featuring Minneapolis, Minn., TV reporter Riley Spartz (after Missing Mark). When someone shoots to death newspaper gossip columnist Sam Pierce, who recently raised questions in his column about Riley's relationship with a former cop, Nick Garnett, so soon after her husband's death, Riley becomes a murder suspect. Another thorn in Riley's side is showboating Texan Clay Burrel, a fellow Channel 3 investigative journalist, who will stop at nothing to bury the competition, including Riley, with stories about such topics as a decapitated female corpse, Sam's murder, and the hijinks surrounding a wind turbine farm disrupted by explosive protests. Clay's corny, over-the-top John Wayne manner and an unconvincing subplot about Sam's personal life weigh down the action, though Kramer registers some sharp observations regarding the changes rocking the journalism industry. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Trouble erupts for television reporter Riley Spartz as she becomes the latest victim of Sam Pierce, an unscrupulous gossip columnist. After Sam publishes slanderous information about her in his "Piercing Eyes" newspaper column, Riley retaliates publicly. When Sam turns up dead, Riley is number one on the suspect list. Has Riley snapped? Is she guilty as charged? Will this be the move that destroys her career? As Riley struggles to save her good name, she must also contend with a cocky new reporter who seems to be jockeying for her job. Refusing to allow her fractured personal life to distract from active investigations, Riley seeks the identity of a headless victim and ardently attempts to uncover a possible plot behind local wind turbine explosions. VERDICT Best-selling author Kramer (Stalking Susan; Missing Mark) has delivered her finest Spartz novel to date; fiction readers will love this riveting, action-packed journey into television news investigations. [Ebook ISBN 978-1-4391-7803-4.]-Mary Todd Chesnut, Northern Kentucky Univ. Lib., Highland Heights (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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